The Merchants of Terror: Neo-patrimonialism, Counter-Terrorism Economy and the Expansion of Terrorism in Nigeria

Emeka Thaddues Njoku

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Abstract

How can neo-patrimonialism aid our understanding of the materiality of counterterrorism and the expansion of terrorism? While previous works on the growth of terrorism have focused on issues such as the spread of radical religious ideology, US foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and poverty, recent works have examined factors such as the formation of linkages with other terrorist groups, fragmentation into cell-structures, forming of franchises, and exploitation of clannism and ethnicity. However, studies that interrogate the rentier nature of African and MENA region security institutions and its implications for the rise of terrorism are yet to be accounted for. This article draws from field research done in Nigeria between 2015 and 2019. It traced the expansion of terrorism in Nigeria to the neo-patrimonial systems inherent in security and political institutions, which are engaged in corrupt financial practices that breed a counterterrorism economy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)83-107
Number of pages24
JournalAfrican Conflict & Peacebuilding Review
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • clientelism
  • terrorism
  • counter-terrorism
  • coiunter-terrorism economy
  • security budget
  • Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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